Sociology and Social Policy Seminar Series 2019

Date Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time 3:10pm - 4:10pm
Where K.G.11 (University of Waikato)
Contact Rachel Gosnell-Maddock
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

1.) Minority stress: Ramification and relevance in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context (Presented by Kyle Tan PhD candidate, School of Psychology, University of Waikato)

Minority stress is defined by Meyer (1995; 2003) as an additional form of social stress specific to members of minority groups. It was first theorised to explain the relatively poor mental health outcomes of cis-gay men when compared to cis-heterosexual men.  Recent application of the Minority Stress Theory has extended to other sexual and gender minority groups but often without critical evaluation and scrutiny of its definition. As result, the largely taken for granted understanding of minority stress has led to inaccurate depiction of risk and protective factors that determine the mental health outcomes of minority groups. The primary objectives of this presentation include addressing the critiques of the theory, and putting forward a framework to understand the minority stress experiences of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This framework is later used in my doctoral research to inform the mental health status of TGD participants who have responded to the nationwide health survey – Counting Ourselves 2018: Aotearoa/New Zealand Trans and Non-Binary Health Survey.

2.) Tragedy then farce: Using historical conjuncture to understand the present crisis (Presented by Thomas Smith Masters Student in Sociology, University of Waikato)

This seminar will present an overview of Tom’s findings during his recently completed Master’s thesis. Beginning with a brief theoretical overview, the idea of using conjunctural analysis as a tool through which to view history and societal change will be explored.  Following this the discussion will revolve around the application of conjunctural analysis to Marx’s work particularly the 18th Brumaire and using this text as a case study of sorts for the particular political andsocietal moment we find ourselves in today.  Further, this seminar will explore the similarities of the present form of Authoritarian populism to previous conjunctural periods where an emergence of an authoritarian form of the state has emerged, and the role of common sense in facilitating this shift. This will lead finally into a discussion around the implications an understanding of the conjuncture may have on the development of counter-hegemonic movements going forward.